Tara cut most of the vegetables for me. Nathan decided it was not for him (shocking right? Mr. picky) but everyone else liked it. In fact some went back for more several times.
MEDITERRANEAN SALAD WITH QUINOA
2 Cups Quinoa (or 16 ounces orzo)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup Kalamata olives, chopped
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 cup diced seedless cucumber
1 cup marinated artichoke hearts, drained then chopped
3/4 cup feta cheese
handful chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
freshly ground black pepper to taste
sea salt to taste
Cook Quinoa as instructed on package (be sure you rinse it well before cooking) or prepare Orzo in salted water. Put hot Quinoa into large bowl.
While Quinoa is cooking combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon zest and lemon juice in a small bowl. Pour dressing over hot Quinoa and toss well, let sit for about 5 minutes.
Add the olives, tomatoes, onion, cucumber, artichokes and feta cheese toss, mixing well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Can be served hot, cold or at room temperature.